Yeah, the Koishi's handle is cherry, not rosewood, which which makes it even even better. I was in a hurry to pack for a trip out of town to see our grandson - actually my wife's grandson, as I'm not old enough to have a grandson
- and was going from memory when I posted that, and "as we grow older", as my wife tells me sometimes... BTW, the "I drove my wife crazy with all my research" quote in Sue's little thread was mine.
My thanks to all the advice from everybody, both specific and general, meaning advice that could transform a SWAG (Scientific Wild-Assed Guess) into an informed decision - like the trade offs between Shirogami 1 and Aogami Super (and other steels), the importance of blade profiles, especially having a few more millimeters of heel height on a Petty, and the fact that coarse synthetic stones are generally better, or more consistent at least, than coarse Japanese natural stones, but that J Nats take over at high grit levels.
I am especially grateful to my wife, who woke up grumpy the last few nights and was, shall we say, less than pleased about the time I was spending reading about all this (she called it "obsessed", while playing "Candy Crack" for hours at a time) and let me know rather forcefully, in her own inimitable way, that she thought the Wüsthofs cut just fine (though she is a bit scared of anything more than the serrated utility knife, which she uses on lemons and tomatoes), that I used to think they were great
, when I was really only sadly misinformed, and really did say that if Williams-Sonoma carried them, they had to be good, then today had a change of heart and told me that if the Japanese knives brought me joy, that was great and to go for it and get what I wanted, even if the Masakage was more expensive than the Fujiwara petty. She is still insistent on keeping the Wüsthofs, so I explained the concept of beater knives.
And for the record, our year-and-a-half old grandson is one of the world's sweetest, smartest and most beautiful little kids. How could he not be, with a mother who has an MBA and also happens to be gorgeous, and a very handsome daddy who is an architect (also with a masters degree) and who is not just great technically, but with an amazingly creative spark - I describe him as an architect with a Marshall tube amp and whose guitar teachers told his mother (my wife) that he was in Kenny Wayne Shepherd's league (Kenny Wayne grew up a block from my house in Shreveport, and while he hopefully has reformed from being a world-class asshole, is a great
guitarist). My wife, for her part, is an excellent pianist - we have a baby grand in our bedroom - and I grew up playing trumpet and, being an Army brat, was always the best around until college, when I ran into music majors with money who had had private lessons in Manhattan their whole lives. But I digress, as usual...
I can't wait to get my setup. I just have to wait until Wednesday. Delayed gratification has never been my strong suit, and the only problem with instant gratification is that it takes too long.